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Sleep Apnoea Treatment Melbourne CBD

The seemingly simple act of snoring can signal a potentially life-threatening disorder called obstructive sleep apnoea.

If left untreated, this condition can do much more damage than simply deny you and your partner a good night’s sleep.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnoea

The main issue with sleep apnoea is that you may not be aware of the level of your snoring or that you’re making gasping or choking noises in your sleep.

If you live alone, you may be unaware that you suffer from this condition. In some cases, heavy sleeping partners are equally unaware of your condition.

Sleep Apnoea Treatment Melbourne CBD

Apart from the loud snoring and episodes of gasping or choking, the symptoms of sleep apnoea include:

  • Restless sleep and a sense of not having slept well
  • Insomnia
  • Morning headaches
  • Waking up with a sore, dry throat
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness and lack of energy
  • Feeling drowsy during low stimulus activities (such as being a passenger in a car)
  • Forgetfulness increased irritability and a decreased sex drive.
These symptoms could well be the result of other conditions such as long work hours, the side effect of medicines (such as beta-blockers, antihistamines, sleeping tablets or others), chronic fatigue, alcohol abuse – and many more.

That’s why proper diagnosis is very important.

Sleep Apnoea Diagnosis

We can diagnose & assess whether you suffer from Sleep Apnoea. During the consultation, we may take a complete medical and dental history and then conduct a physical examination of your mouth, throat and jaw.

You may also be asked to complete a sleep diary (which will be provided to you) before being referred to a sleep physician, who will conduct a thorough ‘sleep study’.

A sleep study is either performed in a dedicated sleep laboratory or may be fitted with special monitoring equipment (called a Polysomnogram) that enables you to complete the study in the comfort of your own home.

During the study, signals from your brain will be recorded together with data relating to your muscle activity and breathing. At the same time, a small bandage-like probe attached to one finger will measure the amount of oxygen in your blood.

The results from this sleep study will be analysed to determine whether or not you have obstructive sleep apnoea and a further course of treatment.

Sleep Apnoea Treatment in Melbourne CBD

If you or a loved one is suffering from sleep apnoea, contact your Melbourne CBD dentist right away.

Your Melbourne CBD dentist at Art De Dente will work closely with you to find the perfect treatment option for you.

Call us on (03) 9642 8955 or request an appointment online.

We are located at Level 17, 190 Queen Street in Melbourne CBD.

Frequently Asked Questions

What causes sleep apnoea?
Sleep apnoea occurs if your airway is obstructed while you’re sleeping. In some cases, the tongue and throat muscles relax and obstruct the windpipe.

Structural issues, such as a large tongue or tonsils can also increase your risk of developing the condition. Overweight people are also at an increased risk of sleep apnoea.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnoea?
One of the main symptoms of sleep apnoea is snoring. Although not all people who snore have sleep apnoea. A bed partner may also notice your breathing pauses through the night.

Since people with sleep apnoea have disrupted sleep, they often have excessive daytime sleepiness and may have morning headaches.